A friend and I had lunch the other day. It was the usual lunch talk – what’s new in our businesses, new projects we’re working on, and a general what’s going on.
We got on the subject of writing. I said how I was so in the flow this week that at one point I forgot to even go to the bathroom. My friend laughed. She knew just what I meant.
We talked about other things that cause us to lose all space and time. As she said, these were our true strengths coming through.
I hadn’t thought about it in a while, but she’s right. When we’re so deeply engaged in something we lose track of the physical world, we are tapping into our strengths, our authentic selves, our passions. When writing I’ve even been known to put my headphones on and forget to turn on the music. Hours can go by before I notice.
Why don’t we live in this world all the time?
As Sarah Ban Breathnach put it “it’s simply because you haven’t evolved to a higher plane of existence yet.” I know when I get caught in the mundane tasks of the day and hour can feel like an eternity. That certainly isn’t evolved.
How can we start to live more enlightened…in the flow?
Conscious living means being in the present moment. Reducing the mind clutter. Knowing what’s happening around you. Giving thanks. Most of all participating. For example, taking a walk in nature and being mindful of the beauty around you is conscious living. Watching a re-run on television, unconscious living.
If you’re like me, you float in and out of conscious living. That’s okay. Remember it’s about the journey. As you take one step close to conscious living, celebrate! It’s one step closer than yesterday.
The key is to try to not to go unconscious. When pulled in that direction remember Marianne Williamson’s words
While we wait, we must not go unconscious. We must think and grow. Rejoice and dream, but kneel and pray. There is holiness in the air today…Start laughing, girls. We have a new calling.”